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ALICE: All-Purpose Lightweight Individual Carrying Equipment

Alpha Strategy: storing extra logistics, as a hedge against inflation, and for use in barter and charity. This term was coined by economics writer John Pugsley. A PDF of Pugsley's book titled The Alpha Strategy is available for free download

APC: Armored Personnel Carrier. Also the brand name of a manufacturer of short-term backup power supplies.


breech — The rearmost end of a barrel, closest the shooter (opposite from the muzzle end).

BTP: Boston T. Party the pen name of a Libertarian writer.


Carrington Event: A naturally occurring EMP-like effect, caused by a large coronal mass ejection (CME) of the Sun. (See also: CME and EMP.)

cosmoline — An icky, sticky substance in which most of the world's old military firearms were bathed and stored upon retirement, in order to prevent corrosion.

crosshairs — The cross-shaped object seen in the center of a firearm scope. Its more-proper name is reticle.


EMP: electromagnetic pulse. Described at Wikipedia. See also: Faraday cage and tree


Faraday cage: A shielding enclosure for electronics. See also: EMP and Carrington Event

fiat currency: Any paper currency that is issued at will (QE3), without convertibility to precious metals or other tangibles. (From the Latin “Let it be done.”)

FIFO: First In - First Out—used for food storage rotation.

FOB: forward operating base

force multiplier: A capability that, when added to and employed by a combat force, significantly increases the combat potential of that force and thus enhances the probability of successful mission accomplishment. (US DOD definition.)

FWIW: for what its worth

genny: Slang for generator

GMO: genetically modified organism

G.O.O.D.: Get out of Dodge – the author’s generic acronym for leaving the big city in a hurry WTSHTF. (Acronym coined by JWR). I also use the term “bug-out” and the British soccer term “take the gap.” The term

Get out of Dodge kit is synonymous with bug-out bag. See also: BOB, INCH, and WTSHTF


pistol — Another term for handgun. Some claim it refers only to semi-automatic handguns, but this is an incorrect bit of firearms lore: many early patents refer to revolving pistols.


rifling — Continuous spiral (helical) grooves cut along the inside surface of a firearm barrel to improve the accuracy and range of the bullet.

round — One complete unit of ammunition, which includes a bullet (or other projectile), powder, and a primer, and is contained in an outer shell or case.

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